Assistant Director of Student Activities

Student Activities Mission:

By placing the student experience at the core of our work, we strive to advance the college mission through the learning and growth of all students. We encourage self-exploration, development of meaningful interpersonal connection, and building of supportive social networks, all in an effort to enhance the campus community.  We continually work toward this by including students in the planning, execution, and evaluation of everything we do. This includes: cultivating effective, relevant, and cultural conscious program offerings, developing leadership skills, and promoting a fun, safe, and inclusive environment for all. 

In Student Activities, we value: 

  • Being Accessible to Students 
  • Creating Inclusive Spaces
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving 
  • Collaboration 
  • Putting Students First 
  • Building Trust and Respect

Position Overview:  The Assistant Director will have a high level of responsibility and will work as part of a small, but mighty team to accomplish the goals and mission of the office.  The position will have a high degree of student interaction and serve as an advisor and liaison for all student organizations.  The Assistant Director will be instrumental in ensuring the safety, growth, and success of student organizations and their leaders.  The position requires a high level of emotional and intercultural competency, a positive and open attitude, a problem-solving approach to life and work, high level of energy and, the ability and desire to fulfill the role of a “Student Affairs generalist.” 

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by October 28, 2021.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage, update, and enhance processes for student organization registration, learning, funding, risk management, and accountability.
  • Plan, implement, evaluate, and improve leadership and training programs for student organization leaders ensuring knowledge of policies and procedures, and best practices for running organizations.
  • Plan, implement, evaluate, and improve campus-wide leadership programs including the Launch in to Leadership Program, and Lean In and Leave a Legacy program.
  • Plan, implement, and assess K Fest.
  • Oversee and advise the budget allocation process for student organizations, including supervision of student coordinator.
  • Manage the student organization management software to update, maintain, and appropriately share student organization records. 
  • Assist in student organization event planning and risk management.
  • Develop, implement, and review and ongoing assessment plan of student learning outcomes for student organizations.
  • Assist with the hiring, training, and supervision of Student Activities student staff.
  • Collaborate with other offices within the division and across campus.
  • Develop, maintain, and communicate accurate records and reports, including budget records, student involvement tracking, learning outcomes, and program assessment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Compliance with COVID vaccination policies required.
  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, or Higher Education or three years of relevant post-Baccalaureate experience.  
  • Positive attitude, problem-solving mind-set, creativity, energy, and a sense of humor.
  • Excellent communication, organization, and time management skills. 
  • Ability to work independently; demonstrated initiative and self-motivation.
  • Experience with student organizations, leadership programming, student union operations, or related Student Affairs field with transferable skills (e.g. Greek Life, orientation, etc.).
  • Experience with risk-management, budget management, and assessment.
  • An appreciation for tradition, with an equal willingness to take educated risks in developing new programs to meet evolving student and campus needs.
  • An understanding of, appreciation for, and ability to implement principles of student development.
  • Proven record of work with diverse student populations, and work experience centering marginalized student populations in services, events, programs, etc. provided or candidate was directly involved in.
  • Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
  • Driver’s license and a driving record in compliance with College policy (valued, not required).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two or more years of full-time work experience in student activities/organizations, student unions, and/or student leadership with demonstrated success and record of increasing responsibilities. 
  • Bi-lingual ability highly valued.
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software including the Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress, and marketing tools such as Canva, Adobe Photoshop, or others.   

About Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo College is a selective, nationally known liberal arts college offering students a personalized, integrated undergraduate experience known as the K-Plan that interweaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum with individualized research and experiential educational experiences in both domestic and international settings. Founded in 1833, Kalamazoo College is one of 40 dynamic Colleges That Change Lives, a group of 40 colleges that excel at developing potential, values and initiative, and provide the foundation for success beyond college. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan community of 225,000 that supports four college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities.

About the Office of Student Involvement

The Office of Student Involvement at Kalamazoo College is overseen by the Associate Dean of Students and includes Student Activities, Intercultural Student Life, and Outdoor Programs. OSI values a collaborative work environment in which all three departments work closely together to ensure a student experience where learning and growth remain at the center of our work.


Questions can be directed to: Jon Collier, Director of Student Activities at 269-337-7210 or jcollier@kzoo.edu
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An equal opportunity employer, Kalamazoo College is committed to equal rights, equal opportunities, and equal protection under the law.  The College administers its programs without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, height, weight, marital status, physical disability as protected by law, or sexual orientation.  The College’s definition of sexual orientation proscribes discrimination based on a person’s sexuality, or gender identity, actual or presumed.